coun·​try·​wide | \ ˈkən-trē-ˈwīd How to pronounce countrywide (audio) \

Definition of countrywide

: extending throughout a country

Examples of countrywide in a Sentence

The murders attracted countrywide attention.

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There are also countrywide organizations like the National Patient Advocate Foundation, which has no-cost case managers to help advocate on behalf of patients. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 Supporters for a nationwide ban on face coverings amassed the necessary 100,000 in 2017 to put the issue to a countrywide referendum, though a date hasn’t been set yet. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Swiss Canton Votes to Ban Burqas," 23 Sep. 2018 Throughout her work and countrywide workshops, Sage questions stereotypes and racial bias while providing a platform for other makers to shine. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 International pressure helped halt a military offensive to take back Idlib, the largest province still under opposition control, and diplomats said a cease-fire there could be used to generate a countrywide peace deal. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "U.N.’s Special Envoy to Syria Calling It Quits," 17 Oct. 2018 The city of Seattle will appeal rules set last week by the federal government that seek to set a countrywide standard for how much cities can charge telecom providers to set up 5G technology for ultrafast cellular connectivity. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules," 2 Oct. 2018 Officials and experts who have studied the crime wave have noted other possible causes, including access to drugs and cutbacks to social services resulting from countrywide austerity measures. New York Times, "Amid London’s Crime Surge, Authorities Take Aim at ‘Drill,’ a Bleak Style of Rap Music," 1 June 2018 No, the 1970s were an era of countrywide flux, where women’s rights, cultural mores, and national expectations were all subject to immediate, unexpected, jarring change., "American Woman Review: Kyle Richards’ 70s Romp Is TV’s Breeziest New Show," 7 June 2018 Mexico’s endemic corruption, using money saved to pay for a major public works program, as well as pensions for old people and monthly wages for a countrywide apprenticeship program for two million unemployed young people. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘Tropical Messiah’: A Trump-Style Politician Is Mexican Presidential Front Runner," 30 May 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of countrywide

: happening or existing in all parts of a country

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